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Checking for Cataracts – Know the Signs

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Checking for Cataracts with Dr. Glenn K. Davis

Checking for cataracts, is a form of eye trouble that an eye doctor can test easily. Once you have an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Glenn K. Davis can provide answers and treatment options. Depending on the type and severity, he may recommend cataract surgery. Let’s explore the different cataract symptoms that might bring you to visit Dr. Davis and discover what might be happening with your eyes.


Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts

As people age, their eyes change over time in a variety of ways. For many of us, we tend to persevere with the little ways our vision changes. However, there can be noticeable signs that accompany eye trouble. These signs and symptoms of vision loss let Dr. Davis know when patients have or are developing cataracts. Some general signs or symptoms of eye difficulty that might bring you to the doctor for cataract testing include the following:

Vision Problems: Experiencing double vision; noticing clouded, blurred, or dimmed vision; having frequent changes in eyewear prescription.

Light Sensitivity: Noticing an increase in sensitivity to light and glares, such as when on the computer or another type of screen; the need for brighter light; seeing spheres or halos around lights; having an increase of problems seeing in the dark or being able to drive at night—night vision problems.

Color Changes: Noticing a fading or yellowing of colors.


Additional Testing to Determine Cataracts

Any one or more of these symptoms could result in Dr. Davis doing additional testing to diagnose that one or both eyes may have cataracts. There are three different types of cataracts that Dr. Davis may investigate.


How Long Does It Take for Cataracts to Develop?

There is no way to predict how rapidly a cataract will develop. There are many kinds of cataracts, and they can develop very slowly or progress rapidly. Usually, if one can determine their speed of development in the past few years, an educated guess can be made as to how rapidly they will develop over the next few years. There is no guarantee that the speed of cataract development will not increase or decrease in the future. Your ophthalmologist will be happy to provide you with his best estimate during your comprehensive eye examination.


Prompt Diagnosis and Treatment of Cataracts

Dr. Davis and his caring staff maintain a constant awareness of a variety of eye conditions. If you believe your symptoms could be caused by cataracts, there are a few tests and checks Dr. Davis can perform to reach an accurate diagnosis. As indicated above, it may not take long for cataract problems to develop. Each patient’s own awareness can be important in catching cataract problems or other eye conditions early.

As with any medical condition, especially those involving the eyes, the faster a patient comes in to visit the doctor, the better. Often, patients tolerate ‘little vision problems,’ feeling they may not be important enough to tell the doctor or to seek treatment. As the symptoms become more problematic for the patient, they can also become that much more difficult to treat.

As we reviewed in last month’s post, with the COVID-19 changes in effect for our offices, if you do notice any of the cataract signs, please call us to schedule an appointment. The sooner you come in an eye exam with us, the doctor can give you a prompt and proper diagnosis. When you come, be sure to follow the face mask protections for a safe visit.


What Goes Into Testing for Cataracts and Treating Them?

Dr. Davis will take time to review your past medical history and test for visual acuity. Additional testing the doctor may also use includes a slit-lamp exam, retinal exam, and more. After testing, Dr. Davis can provide specific answers to the severity of your condition.

For cataracts, there are different treatment options available.

Patients may also be aware of cataract surgery as one common remedy. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure to remove the cataract and restore vision. This is why so many choose this procedure, but Dr. Davis will determine the best course of treatment based on what the testing shows.

We meet patients with different types of eye trouble every day. Our goal is to help treat and restore your vision. If you have any questions specific to cataracts or the condition of your eyes, please contact us right away. Together, we will find answers to any type of bothersome eye condition, such as cataracts. Our eye care team is here for you, and we care about the health of your eyes.


For excellence in eye care, schedule your appointment with Glenn K. Davis, II, M.D., today at our offices in Pulaski (540) 980-1965 or Galax (276) 236-8307. Be sure to revisit our blog for future updates and stay in touch by liking us on Facebook.